One sentencing judge used  “yummy mummy complex” when describing a woman who obsessively cleaned her house as a result of prolonged psychological abuse.
One sentencing judge used “yummy mummy complex” when describing a woman who obsessively cleaned her house as a result of prolonged psychological abuse. serggn

Domestic violence guide sets benchmark for nation's judges

A LEADING anti-domestic violence campaigner says new national court guidelines on family abuse will make a big difference for victims.

Kay Schubach, an outspoken survivor of intimate partner abuse, said the bench guide for magistrates and judges was long overdue.

"It is great to see this benchmark is so comprehensive," the 51-year-old told the Daily Telegraph.

The guide follows a NSW Domestic Violence Death Review Team study that showed judges dealing with DV cases often used language that minimised male violence.

The judiciary often blamed female victims for their male perpetrators' emotional, physical or sexual abuse.

Judges were also found to use demeaning language when talking about female victims.

For example, one sentencing judge used  "yummy mummy complex" when describing a woman who obsessively cleaned her house as a result of prolonged psychological abuse.

Another judge described a stalker as simply "making a nuisance of himself" when harassing his victim.

"Stormy" and  "volatile" were also key words used by the judiciary to describe relationships with domestic violence.

*For 24-hour support  phone Queensland's DVConnect on 1800 811 811 or MensLine on 1800 600 636, NSW's  Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 or the  national hotline 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).  - ARM NEWSDESK


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